Quiz: Can you name the 2016 Ireland team that famously beat the Springboks?

Jared Wright
Ireland Conor Murry, right, looks at the ball during their rugby test against South Africa at Newlands stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Ahead of Ireland’s tour to South Africa for a two-Test series against the Springboks, we challenge you to name the 2016 team that famously defeated the Boks on their last visit.

As per usual, we will give a host of clues as to who the 23 players are, but if you fancy your chances of getting them all without any assistance, skip right to the bottom.

If not, take a gander through some of our clues before tackling the quiz.


Nowadays, the Ireland team is dominated by Leinster players, and while the majority of the squad that defeated the Springboks 26-20 in the first Test in Cape Town was from the Dublin-based side, it was a small cut with nine Leinster stars cracking Joe Schmidt’s 23.

Ulster contributed seven players to the 23, with Munster and Connacht providing four apiece.

Four Ulster players started the match in the backline and they were joined by two Munster stars and a Connacht player who has since switched provinces.

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The starting pack was made up of five Leinster players, two in the front-row, one in the locks and two in the loose trio. Ulster’s two other players also started the match, featuring in the front-row and second-row, while the captain on the day was also from the province.

The only Munster forward that started against the Springboks would be red-carded in what was his first cap against the country of his birth.

At the time of writing, just 10 of the 23 are still active, but some of them, including both of the replacement props, are still regularly making the Ireland squads. Ireland were without their first-choice fly-half for this clash due to injury.

Also, the player pictured did play.

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Hopefully, those clues give you a better shot of completing the quiz, so without further ado, give it a go!

Note: Just the players’ surnames will do.

Can you name the 2016 Ireland team that famously beat the Springboks?

Were you able to name them all?

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